Disney World - Fun at Any Age!
We're Going to Disney!
"Mom, we're taking Luca to Disney World as a surprise for his birthday, do you want to come?" That is the most ridiculous question my daughter ever asked me. I said yes before she even asked. What a thrill! My husband and I were going to Disney with my daughter, her husband and son as well as my son, his wife and daughter. That's one six year old and one two year old. Imagine! We had been to Disney once twenty-five years ago when my youngest was thirteen. (That's the son with the two year old daughter.)
Fortunately for us, my daughter made all of the arrangements from the flight to meals and photographs! All we had to do was pay for our portion. I couldn't wait. I was so excited I couldn't even sleep on the plane.
Where We Stayed
I counted thirty-one Disney Resort Hotels. They range in price from Ninety-two dollars a night to five hundred and twenty-five a night. We stayed at the Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, a mid-priced hotel. There's also a Port Orleans - French Quarter.
Disney does everything right! Every employee is courteous, helpful, and down right friendly. Our rooms were ready and waiting. Each hotel holds to a theme as did ours. A lovely, sprawling Riverside Hotel. Every amenity is at your fingertips, from food to pool.
Port Orleans - Riverside HotelClick thumbnail to view full-size
If anyone tells you that you can see Epcot in one day, they're wrong. We only had one day and we missed so much. We weren't disappointed but we would have liked to see more.
My grandson's very favorite thing in all of Disney was "The Journey Into Imagination With Figment". There is a nice slow ride with Figment, the little purple dragon as your guide along with Dr. Channing (Eric Idle) as you learn about the five senses. When the ride ends you are in an interactive play area that the children really loved!
"The Seas with Nemo & Friends" was a real treat as well. Seeing Nemo and his friends appear in real fish tanks while riding on a "clamobile"! All in a lovely slow paced ride including real sea creatures as you make your way to the 5.7 million gallon saltwater aquarium. When the ride ends you can walk around the aquarium looking at the live fish of all sizes.
My kids went on the ride "Soarin" but we decided to sit that one out. We did go on The Great Movie Ride. It was fun to see Tarzan and Indiana Jones as well as Bogie and Bacall and more!
Photos at EpcotClick thumbnail to view full-size
I realize not everyone will be as taken with the topiaries as I was but you have to be amazed at how beautifully they're maintained. The flowers, gardens, arrangements, are all amazing. No matter where you look there are bursts of color. The problem is there is so much to photograph you don't know where to start or stop. Of course with a six year old headed one way and a two year old headed another, you sometimes miss photos you might have taken or find ones you have taken are a bit out of focus!
The Animal Kingdom
I have to admit one of my favorite animals is the Gorilla! So heading to the Animal Kingdom was an added thrill for me because I knew there were gorillas. Here again is Disney's authenticity and attention to detail. The "ride" is a truck just like the ones you see in Africa! You ride through the jungle where all of the animals roam free. One after another animal in their natural habitat. Of course many of them sleep during the day to avoid the heat. Hmm, imagine what they do in Africa?
Remember the gorillas I mentioned? They don't roam free, well their habitat is but they are behind a thick glass so you can see them up close and personal but still be safe. Their habitat is full of tall grasses, shade trees, rocks, shrubs, waterfalls, etc., all the same as their natural environment. Standing, gorillas can be six feet tall. I didn't know all males are called silverbacks due to the gray hair they develop on their backs as they mature, I thought it was a certain type of gorilla. Thank you for that one Disney.
Unfortunately we missed the Maharajah Jungle Trek, a tour that includes bats, birds, tigers, and more.
There is also a bird exhibit you can walk through to see the birds first hand.
The Animal KingdomClick thumbnail to view full-size
More of Disney World
Did I whet your appetite yet? I didn't even scratch the surface. The only way to appreciate Disney is to visit, whether its three days or three weeks. You'll never regret it no matter how old or how young you are.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
So Much to SeeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Walt, Roy, and W. Haydon Burns
Statistics About Disney World
We all know Disney World is the most magical place on earth, well, at least most of us do. Who doesn't love Mickey Mouse or Dopey or Cinderella to name just a few. There's so much more to Disney World! Did you know 250,000 guests visit Disney World every day! Disney World also employs more than 60,000 people making it the biggest single-site employer in the United States.
When Walt Disney opened Disneyland he loved it and wanted to expand, but he hadn't bought enough land so he couldn't. When he bought the land for Disney World he wasn't going to make the same mistake twice. He kept buying up land to make sure he'd have plenty. Disney World consists of 25,000 acres!
Did you know there are 300 different outfits for Mickey Mouse and 200 for Minnie? That's a lot of wardrobe changes. There are 350 chefs, and 25,000 rooms in Disney World.
There are four separate parks at Disney World; the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom.
One Day Ticket: Magic Kingdom Park $105 for adults, $99 children 3 to 5
One Day Ticket: Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios: $97 for adults, $91 children 3 to 5
Best options is multi-day tickets.
Four day ticket is $305 for adults and $285 children 3 to 5
Five day ticket $315 adults and $295 children 3 to 5.
A Park Hopper Option allows you to visit all four parks within one day, cost $64 per ticket.
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